Rock Hill played poorly but squeaked out a 34-29 homecoming victory against Spring Valley at District Three Stadium on Friday.
The Bearcats (8-0) looked more like the second-ranked team in Region 4-4A than the No. 2 team in the state.
But Rock Hill did have their big plays. Randall Dixon threw for 239 yards, and Xavier McFadden caught three touchdown passes. Also, Jamal Tyler and Jatavius Stewart both went over 100 yards rushing.
The offensive stats were to be expected against Spring Valley, which fell to 2-6. The Vikings were 0-10 in 2007 and improved to 1-10 last season.
But the Bearcats were not happy with the close result.
After the game, McFadden spoke to coach Joe Montgomery before the postgame talk. He told his coach he was going to hold a seniors-only meeting to get everyone on the same page.
"People played lazy. There was too much individual attitudes tonight," said McFadden, who finished with eight catches for 187 yards. "We are going to have a talk. We really gotta come together."
The Bearcats turned the ball over three times against the Vikings.
Leading 17-8 late in the first half, Rock Hill was driving for another score when Dixon floated a pass too deep in the end zone. The ball was intercepted by Calvin Coleman, and Spring Valley closed out the half down nine.
Rock Hill fumbled the ball twice in the second half and was outscored 21-17 after intermission. The first fumble resulted in a quick, 56-yard touchdown pass from Dwayne Duckett to Tobias Young as Spring Valley cut the deficit to 27-22.
Rock Hill put together its longest drive of the game in the fourth quarter and capped it off with a 2-yard scoring run by Stewart.
But the Bearcats' defense again broke down.
Spring Valley went with some razzle-dazzle when Duckett threw a lateral to Young who then threw a long pass to a wide-open Andrew Levy for a 47-yard touchdown with 2:46 to go.
Rock Hill then needed a 50-yard pass from Dixon to McFadden in the final minute to help run out the clock and escape with the victory.
Montgomery didn't get too excited talking to his team after the game, but he got his point across. This team is going to have to play harder and smarter to get to a state championship game.
"I can't push you up that ladder. You have to want to climb it," Montgomery said as his players took a knee after the game.
Rock Hill's next game is Thursday night at Lancaster. The game originally was slated for Friday night, but that is a mandatory furlough day for teachers in Rock Hill School District 3.
Spring Valley 0 8 14 7 -29
Rock Hill 10 7 10 7 -34
RH- Xavier McFadden 20 pass from Randall Dixon (Fernando Gonzalez kick)
RH- Gonzalez 30 field goal
SV- Tobias Young 26 pass from Austin Hill (Markese Mason run)
RH- McFadden 21 pass from Dixon (Gonzalez kick)
RH- McFadden 16 pass from Jatavius Stewart (Gonzalez kick)
SV- Mason 1 run (Kevin Knapp kick)
RH- Gonzalez 43 field goal
SV- Young 56 pass from Dwayne Duckett
RH- Stewart 2 run (Gonzalez kick)
SV- Andrew Levy 47 pass from Young (Knapp kick)
First downs 16 24
Rushes-yards 33-168 38-252
Comp-Att-Int 9-24-2 14-23-1
Passing yards 169 255
Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2
Penalties-yards 5-35 7-45
RUSHING- Spring Valley: Markese Mason 14-37, Austin Hill 6-3, Tobias Young 2-7, Dwayne Duckett 9-64, Baylen Blocker 2-57. Rock Hill: Jamal Tyler 23-117, Jatavius Stewart 12-125, Randall Dixon 3-10.
PASSING- Spring Valley: Hill 5-17-58-2, Duckett 3-6-74, Young 1-1-47. Rock Hill: Dixon 13-22-239-1, Stewart 1-1-16.
RECEIVING- Spring Valley: Young 3-88, Andrew Levy 3-55, Leroy Coad 1-12, Tommie Doxie 2-24. Rock Hill: Xavier McFadden 8-187, Kirob Sims 1-14, Stewart 2-20, Tyler 3-34.